Reference Collection


Description: The reference collection is:

  • A rich source of materials for research.

  • The best place for a student to begin a library and/or Internet research project.

  • A collection of books, databases and other material that offer:

    • Definitions.

    • General summaries.

    • Background information.

    • Statistics.

    • Facts, figures, photos and much more.


  • Materials you "refer" to, so generally are not available to check out.

  • Resources used to point to other, more detailed information in other books or journals in the General Collection.


The reference collection includes:

  • Online reference materials (limited selection).

  • Reference books:

    • Dictionaries (general and specialized).

    • Encyclopedias (general and specialized).

    • Handbooks, manuals, guidebooks.

    • Statistical abstracts.


  • Periodical and other indexes.

  • Abstracts (periodical indexes with article summaries).

  • Maps and atlases.


Use the Online Catalog to find out if the library owns a particular reference resource, and where it is located.